Rabbi Sherman’s Weekly Torah Commentary – October 29-30, 2021 (24 Cheshvan 5782)

October 29-30, 2021                                                                            Shabbat Chayei Sarah
24 Cheshvan 5782                                                                                Shabbat Mevarkhim haChodesh


When Isaac learns that his mother Sarah has died, he is heartbroken. How does he cope? Late in the afternoon, as the sun is setting, he goes out into the field where he meditates and prays. According to Talmud, the words he recites are those of Psalm 102: “My days have vanished like smoke… My body is stricken and withered like grass… I lie awake… My days are like a lengthening shadow; I wither like grass.” As the sun sets on the day, and on Isaac’s life, meditation and prayer bring him solace. The Talmud tells us this is the first mincha—the first twilight prayer—ever spoken.

Meditation can bring solace, balance, and peace at any point during the life cycle. Come to the Music Room on Thursday, Nov 4 at 3:30 PM. We’ll study and try out some basic Jewish meditation.


Shabbat Mevarkhim HaChodesh
This Shabbat we bless the new month of Kislev, which will begin next Thursday night and Friday.


Please join in this week’s Shabbat celebrations on Channel 1960 or in the Synagogue


Friday at 5:15 PM: Shabbat Blessings in Dining Room

Friday at 6:30 PM: Kabbalat Shabbat & Ma’ariv (Evening Service)

Saturday at 10:00 AM: Shabbat Shacharit (Morning Service); Blessings in Dining Room at 12:00 PM


Thank you for demonstrating Derekh Eretz (good manners) in the Dining Room on Shabbat


Candles – As you know, flame candles are not permitted in apartments. You are invited to light Shabbat candles in the Dining Room. Please keep distance from candles when you are not lighting.

Wine – Our sweet, kosher wine is for the blessings only; it is not a dinner wine to be consumed all throughout the meal. With wine and blessing, we sanctify Shabbat – we make the day holy.

Blessings – If you arrive at the Dining Room during the blessings, please wait at the door. Once the blessings have concluded, please feel free to enter the Dining Room to find your seat.



Torah Talk – Shabbat afternoon at 1:30 PM in the Music Room (Limited seating; masks, please)



Candle lighting time for the city of Mission Viejo: Friday evening at 5:43 PM

Shabbat ends Saturday evening at 6:38 PM



Shabbat Shalom                                                                                               Rabbi Sherman